FCC Applications

FCC Report 7/23: Salem Denied Two Cleveland Translators

Dismissals Media-Com Inc. News/Talk 100.1 WNIR Kent/Akron OH has been granted its Petition For Reconsiderations against two subsidiaries of Salem Media to relocate two translators from Angola IN and Battle Creek MI respectively to 99.9 and 100.3 in Cleveland where they were to rebroadcast Conservative Talk "1420 The Answer" WHK and Christian Preaching "1220 The Word" WHKW. Media-Com petitioned that the new translators would create interference for its listeners within their contours. Salem purchased 99.9 W260CY (then 99.1 W256CO Angola) and 100.3 W262CY (originally 100.5 W263CS Battle Creek) from Friends of Christian Radio for $50,000 each last year. Stay tuned for a big San Diego AM downgrade and nearly 150 translator modifications ahead of the filing freeze.

WTMJ Prepping FM Expansion

Scripps News/Talk 620 WTMJ Milwaukee will soon be coming to the FM band. 103.3 W277CV Waukegan IL currently holds a Construction Permit to relocate to Milwaukee with 250w/255m from the WDJT-TV tower where it was to rebroadcast Liberal Talk 1510 WRRD Waukesha. W277CV owner Frank Glass McCoy has now applied to modify the CP to move it to the tower of Scripps’ WTMJ-TV and 94.5 WKTI where it would operate with 250w/244m. That will give the translator nearly identical coverage as some Class A FM’s in the market such as Saga’s 98.3 WJMR and 106.9 WNRG-FM.

FCC Report 7/16: WLLH To Stay Synchronous

Gois Broadcasting’s Spanish Tropical “Mega 95.1” 1400 WLLH Lowell MA has requested and been granted a dismissal of its November 2016 application to end the use of its synchronous transmitters in Lowell and Lawrence MA. Hubbard Radio's application to move 94.9 K235BP Bemidji MN to 94.1 in Minneapolis has been dismissed following interference claims by "Frogtown Community Radio" 94.1 WFNU-LP St. Paul as the LPFM submitted documentation from listeners of their station within K235BP's proposed 60dBu contour. The translator was set to rebroadcast Sports "1500 ESPN" KSTP Minneapolis.

FCC Report 7/3: Big Upgrade Planned In Nashville

FM Changes Midwest Communications is seeking to upgrade CHR "i106.7" WNFN Millersville/Nashville TN from a Class C3 to a C2 licensed to Franklin TN. WNFN would operate with 15kW/278m from the tower of 97.9 WSIX south of Nashville. The upgrade will increase the amount of the Nashville urbanized area the station serves with a 70dBu signal from 56% to 90%.

FCC Report 6/25

Blue Sky Broadcasting AAA 95.3 KPND Deer Park/Spokane WA seeks to move to the tower of sister Country 102.3 KICR Coeur D'alene ID with 100kW/572m. Following its pending move from 97.3 to 96.5, 1TV.com applies to increase KIKO-FM Claypool AZ from a Class C2 to Class C with 34kW/966m. The move will extend the 60dBu contour of the station into the eastern suburbs of Phoenix. Alpha Media Urban AC "Magic 101.3" WMJM Jeffersontown/Louisville KY seeks to increase from 2kW/59m to 6kW/59m.

FCC Report 6/18: Atlanta Move-In Reinstated

Petitions For Reconsideration Decisions After their 2007 contingent applications to move Cox Media News/Talk 95.5 WSBB-FM Doraville GA to the tower site to the tower utilized by sister AC “B98.5” WSB-FM as well as three other Atlanta FM’s with 100kW/250m, and Williams Communications Country “Big 95” 95.5 WHMA-FM Hobson City/Anniston AL to move to 95.3 in Alexandria with a drop in power from 530 watts to 400 watts due to Williams' "failure to pay the delinquent debt", the FCC has reinstated the applications following Cox' payment of $47,750.88 to the Treasury Department to settle Williams' debt.

FCC Report 6/11

FM Changes University of Texas AAA 98.9 KUTX Leander applies to downgrade from a Class C2 to C3 while relocating to Austin's West Lake Hills tower farm with 1.59kW/390.3m. Northeast of Sacramento, Nevada County Broadcasting AC "Star 94" 94.1 KNCO-FM Grass Valley CA applies to move west an increase its coverage towards Yuba City with 2.35kW/161m. Ohana Media Group Classic Rock 102.3 KCRX seeks to drop power and increase antenna height from its current tower from 25kW/100m to 10.5kW/121.8m.

FCC Sets More Details For AM Translator Filing Period

The FCC has released the full rulemaking for the upcoming filing period for new FM translators to rebroadcast Class C & D AM stations that did not participate in the 250 mile waiver period. The filing window will only be open for one week; from July 26 through August 2. All mutually exclusive filings will be able to be rectified via settlement or amendment first before opening Auction 99 to resolve them through bidding. To prepare for the filing window no LPFM, translator, or FM booster minor change applications will be accepted from July 19 through August 2. The full rulemaking can be read here. Original Report 6/1: The FCC announced today that the first filing window for new translators attached to Class C & D AM stations that did not participate in the 250 mile waiver period w...Read More

FCC Report 6/4: Did Billings Translators Go Rogue?

Following an informal objection and request for enforcement by Connoisseur Media, Edgewater Broadcasting has withdrawn its Construction Permit and License to Cover applications for 96.3 K242CI Casper WY to relocate to 102.5 in Billings MT. Edgewater had applied for and was granted a CP to move K242CI to Billings rebroadcasting Sun Mountain Inc.'s 1340 KBSR Laurel MT where it was operating as AC "Magic 102.5". Connoisseur claims that K242CI and 104.5 K283CP (licensed to rebroadcast 1450 KYLW Lockwood MT) have been operating illegally. Amongst Connoisseur's claims were that K242CI began operating in late 2016 but did not file for a license to cover until March, neither originating AM have not operated for multiple years now and no tower constructed at the licensed site for either station,...Read More

Cochise Broadcasting To Surrender 10 Licenses As Part Of Consent Decree

Ted Tucker’s Cochise Broadcasting and Cochise Media Licenses has entered into a pair of Consent Decrees to settle multiple infractions and part. Many of Cochise’s licensed stations operate for a minimum of one day per year to keep the license active and were silent the rest of the time. Nine stations will be surrendered: 90.1 KDNM Reserve NM, 90.9 KSFQ Thatcher AZ, 95.5 KFMR Ballard UT, 97.1 KTWY Shoshoni WY, 100.9 KHSK Allen NE, 101.9 KZNM Milan NM, 102.9 KXWY Hudson WY, 106.5 KWWY Shoshoni WY, and 107.9 KZLM Lewistown MT. The rest of Cochise’s licenses must be returned to the air within 90 days and cannot be off the air for more than five days or 120 hours during the coming year. In a separate decree, Cochise also agrees to donate 101.3 KXMK Oatman/Kingman AZ and its eq...Read More

FCC Report 5/21: New Erie Allocation Dismissed

Rick Rambaldo's ERIE Radio Company winning application for a new FM on 100.9 in Westfield NY serving Erie PA has been dismissed as the company failed to make its down payment in time and has been denied a waiver.

FCC Proposes Eliminating Main Studio Rule

As part of its planned revamp of all media regulations, the FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to eliminate the main studio rule. The rulemaking would end to requirement for every broadcast station to have a main studio in or near its city of license and the requirement that it be staffed during normal business hours and be able to originate programming. The FCC has granted many non-commercial networks such as Educational Media Foundation waivers against the main studio rule, allowing the company to operate all of its stations basically as just a box in a rack room with all programming coming from their handful of studios. In theory should the rulemaking be approved, commercial operators can now do the same, eliminating all local offices and have all of their programming coming...Read More

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